Ithaki (Ithaka) is the second smallest of the seven Ionian Islands, and the atmosphere is quieter than its close neighbor Kefalonia (Cephalonia). Ithaca is ideal for enjoying secluded beaches, hiking, and mountain bike.

Ithaca Island Greece
Ithaca Island. Photo by NakNakNak on Pixabay.


Ithaca’s Mediterranean climate has mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. Rainfall amounts to about 700 millimeters annually and is concentrated from October to April. For this reason, it’s best to visit from May to September.

Places to see

  • Towns and villages. Vathy, a charming and picturesque village, has been the capital and main harbor of the island since the 16th century. In addition to the main town, visit other places such as Stavros, Plathritias, Perahori, Lefki, Anoyi, Kioni, and Exogi.
  • The Monastery of Panagia Kathariotissa. Its location gives a fantastic view of the island and the capital town, Vathi.
  • The Acropolis of Alalcomenae.
  • The Cave of the Nymphs. Also called Marmarospilia. Archaeological research shows that it was a place of worship for the Nymphs during ancient times.

Things to do

  • Filiatro is the closest beach to Vathy, the capital of Ithaki.
  • Go to the beach. Loutsa beach is about 20 minutes walking distance from the capital of Vathi.
  • Hike. There are several good walking paths across the island.
  • Swim.
  • Shop. Medousa Boutique in the bayside village of Kioni has an excellent selection of clothing, perfumes, and other gift ideas.


The local cuisine of Ithaca is characterized by quality. Rich olive oil and aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme, savory, and oregano may be found in many savory dishes. Local honey and fruits make up sweets and preserves. While in Ithaca, try homemade Tserepa Chicken. A tserepa is a traditional clay cooking vessel used to cook over charcoals. Fresh, seasonal produce, meats, and fish make up many dishes.

One restaurant to try is Chani, which offers traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes.

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